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I remember seeing some as a part of someones build log but can't find it now
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Why isnt this stickied?
agree its a good post m8t <dance1>
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Thats the second thing I've been looking for you've linked me straight to.
Posted 30 July 2009 - 06:28 AM
in some cases
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Posted 31 October 2009 - 01:19 PM
I am new here, just joined yesterday. I saw a few people asking about black screws and things and thought i would post up a topic i made on overclock.net about UK case modding supplies.
General Modding Supplies
These are places that supply general stuff for modding.
Kustom PCs <-- One of the best modding shops. One of the only places in the UK i found to supply things like molex plugs of all sorts and the pins to go with them
B&Q <-- Good place to get power tools, general gubbins.
This section outlines everything from sleeving to heatshrink to zip ties to cable clips.
http://en.mdpc-x.com/ <-- By far some of the best sleeving in the world. Nils the owner is a great guy and will give you a small free gift if you spend a fair amount. Each customer also gets a unique hand drawn picture on the packaging which is a nice touch Be prepared to pay a premium though! The quality comes at a fair cost. It is well worth it though! MDPC do packs of sleeving to make your life very easy too with full instructions on how to sleeve.
Rapid Online <-- Not normally known for anything to do with PC building. They are the biggest UK electronic component supplier, but also do rather nice sleeving. It is also incredibly cheap. You can get a 100m roll for £30 which is VERY good. Unfortunately they only go down to 5mm heatshrink. They do grey and black sleeving
Kustom PCs <-- Get TechFlex Cleancut. It is by far the best they do. Cuts very neatly. AC Ryan sleeving is NOT good. I have found it to set on fire when trying to seal the ends, whereas all other types just melt and seal nicely.
One place. Rapid Online. They are the cheapest and best value. 3:1 is the best, but if you know what sizes you need then 2:1 mini reels are great value, 12m for £5.
Cable Management (bases, zip ties, clips)
Kustom PCs <-- Nice selection of things, some times run out of stock though.
Screws and fittings are very hard to come by, and you can guarantee you will get ripped off by the actual PC companies if you buy fittings through them. Especially hard to come by are black oxide screws. In the US these are abundant in all hardware stores, sadly the 'hardware store' has died out in the UK and has been replaced by the monstrosity that is Homebase. We need McMaster in the UK...
Model Fixings <-- This company saved me from paying a ridiculous amount of money importing machine screws from the US. They have EVERY kind of nut and bolt you could imagine. Particularly good are the black hex screws. They do all types; cap, button, countersunk, you name it. They do it! Also do it in all sizes including UNC (imperial basically) and metric. NB: Oxide means black. They have pictures though so you can normally tell.
Rapid Online <-- If you need some standoffs, go there. They have every possible kind in any length from 3mm up to 3cm, sometimes more. They also do nice silver ones which look better than the brass ones. Also do an OK range of other fittings.
Maplin <-- They have an ok range of standard PC fittings. They can be expensive though, and the staff are idiots so order it online.
Lighting and Electronics
Making your case pretty and glowing can be expensive. Here are the top places to buy cathodes, LEDs and general electronics.
LED HK <-- THE place to buy LEDs. Don't you dare buy them and pay £1 per LED from Maplin, this places sells you 100 for £8. They are very good too. Come packaged in a static bag and everything. Come from the Hong Kong so expect around a weeks delivery time.
Rapid Online <-- The best place in the UK to buy electronics. Whether you are making a PWM fan controller or just buying some resistors, they do it cheap! We are talking 50p for 100 resistors here guys They also have a massive range of ICs and rare components. However shipping is massive until it becomes free at around £40. Make big orders here or you will be paying more than the value of the products in shipping!
Maplin <-- I do not like putting Maplin down, I have had bad experiences with them. However they do have some things that i can't get anywhere else and they have a massive range of things that are very useful such as soldering irons etc. NEVER buy computer hardware from them, their returns policies are ridiculous, as are their prices. They have saved my bacon and alot of time a few times though and are cheap on things like capacitors. Not LEDs though, they are expensive, you have to find them in stock first though... but that is another story!
http://cpc.farnell.com/ <-- Nearly as good as rapid, and apparently there is an advantage with it being in Preston(?).
Alot of people don't know what to use for a switch on their case. Vandal switches are the way to go! Expensive, but look amazing
Kustom PCs <-- Normally have lots of types in stock but few of them. Email them to find out when they get them in and ask them to notify you when they come in, they are very nice there and great service. Even have latching vandal switches which are a rare things to find.
Rapid Online <-- Not very many vandal switches and they are all silver, but they have a nice range of other switches.
Taps are used to make threads for PCB pillars and mounting hard drives etc.
Model Fixings <-- The only place i would recommend. Excellent service and great quality taps.
We all known the best place for it, just pm Marcus!
Laser Cutting and Water Jet cutting
Again, we know the best place, just pm Marcus!
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